Spiritual Striving and Seeking the Sacred: Religion as Meaningful Goal-Directed Behavior

  title={Spiritual Striving and Seeking the Sacred: Religion as Meaningful Goal-Directed Behavior},
  author={Sarah A. Schnitker and Robert A Emmons},
  journal={The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion},
  pages={315 - 324}
Hood, Hill, and Spilka (2009), among others, present the need for meaning as a central organizing framework for understanding the psychological functions of religion. A plethora of research findings in the psychology of religion have been integrated into this overarching structure, but scholars have not systematically addressed the diverse ways goal theories fit into the need for meaning framework of religion. Thus, the personal strivings approach to understanding spiritual goals, or ultimate… 
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